The ViolinSchool Blog

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February 13, 2019
How To Change A Violin String

A comprehensive, step by step guide to changing a violin string safely, securely and efficently ... and so that it stays in tune!

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February 12, 2019
Brahms Lullaby - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

‘Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht’, Op. 49, is a bit of a mouthful, so let’s just call it ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’! Lull yourself to sleep with this beauty! We've added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.

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February 11, 2019
Coconut Milk (Level 1) - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

In this NEW version of Coconut Milk (complete with new partition and MIDI playback), we've added lots of slurs, so that you can practise smooooooth string crossings back and forth between the different strings. Keep your upper arm moving steadily as you move it up and down between the string levels.

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February 10, 2019
Weeping Willow (Level 1) - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

A ViolinSchool favourite, the beautifully lyrical Weeping Willow is a tear-jerker of a piece... and it's now updated with a new, refreshed 'partition'!

We've also added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.

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February 9, 2019
Go The Distance - Intonation Exercise

Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring a series of Intonation Exercises from the ViolinSchool Library - one per week, for you to improve the accuracy of your left hand placement! We start today with Go The Distance, a very useful practice exercise for familiarising yourself with intervals in 1st position.

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February 8, 2019
Which Violin Tuning Apps Do You Use?

One of the most common questions we get about tuning and intonation is ‘which tuning app should I use’? We like Cleartune on Android and InsTuner on iOS, but we'd like to know what YOU use, so that we can test every single one properly, and make the very best recommendation for all our learners... […]

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February 7, 2019
New A Major Scale Exercises

We've received a lot of good feedback about the G Major and D Major scale exercises (Level 1/2), so we've now added similar exercises for A Major as well! You can find them in the ViolinSchool Library in the Scales and Arpeggios section.

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February 6, 2019
How To Tune A Violin

Everything you need to know to get the strings of your violin to the correct pitch... and keep them there! In this feature, you'll learn... How pitch works on the violin How to use a 'Reference Pitch' How to turn the Pegs and Fine Tuners to get the strings in tune Pitch First we're going […]

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January 16, 2019
New Digital Library is Live!

Hello everyone! Here in London, the new term is starting, and for the first time ever we are synchronising our online and offline tuition. Regardless of whether you're learning with us here in London or from anywhere around the world, you'll have access to exactly the same course content, learning resources, exercises and learner support. The […]

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January 13, 2019
New Year, New Digital Library, New Online Courses

We've been busy over the Christmas holidays! Here’s a sneak preview of what’s about to launch at ViolinSchool... New Digital Library To coincide with the start of New Year Term at our London School, we’re opening up our new and improved Digital Library to all existing members. If you have an active subscription to ViolinSchool.com, […]

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December 24, 2018
We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Click below to play a Christmas Greeting from The Violin Orchestra! Coming up in 2019... We'll be back in early January with all-new online courses, our upgraded digital library and weekly updates of everything that's new in the world of violin! Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll see you in a couple of weeks! And now, some CHRISTMAS […]

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December 14, 2018
Eyes to the right!

There's a fascinating moment in many of our Beginner Violin Classes where I shout 'FREEZE', and everyone suddenly stops moving. Then, to much hilarity, I point out that every single person in the room is bending around to the left! Faces are turned towards the violin, eyes are locked down in an intense stare, and everyone is […]

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December 12, 2018
How A Good Violin Curriculum Can Build Your Confidence And Help You Learn

Where are you at with your learning? A common problem when learning the violin is understanding where you’ve got to in the learning process. This is important, because if you don’t have any reference points with which to measure your progress, it can be hard to know whether what you are doing is working. And […]

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November 30, 2018
Save £100 on Beginner Violin Courses at our London School

Our new Beginner Violin Courses at ViolinSchool London have been growing in popularity over the past year, so we've now introduced three levels - A, B and C - to help first-time adult learners to reach a good basic playing level on the violin! Until 10pm on 9th December, learners in the UK can save […]

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November 5, 2018
A November To Remember

This is one of the busiest times of year here at ViolinSchool, but I'm going to take a moment out to show you some of what's coming up here at VS towers! The overhaul of our Digital Library is nearly finished, and if you're a member of ViolinSchool, you'll be getting an email soon to […]

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October 29, 2018
String Crossing Exercises

ViolinSchool’s String Crossing Exercises – eight pages of rhythm and bowing patterns – will help you get really really good at crossing strings!

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October 23, 2018
Tricky Trills

Tricky Trills will help you to practise double-stopped trills. Trills in thirds … trills in sixths … trills in octaves … and more … Very tricky trills indeed!

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October 19, 2018
G Major: Exercises in Thirds

Here are some exercises for practising the G Major scale in thirds. Make sure you practise slowly, and be very aware of the position of your bowing arm.

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September 20, 2018
1st - 4th Position - Finger Placement Exercises

These incredibly useful left hand exercises will help you to get really familiar with the placing of your fingers in the first four positions.

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September 15, 2018
Social Learning

It's all very well learning the violin through lessons and your own practice sessions. But until you're out there in the real world, playing music with other people, it can all feel a bit theoretical. Of course, it's important to learn solo pieces, and spend time on your own carefully building your technique. In fact, […]

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September 14, 2018
How To Prepare Your Violin Before Starting A Course

If you're about to embark upon a Violin Course, a series of violin lessons, a new school term, or even just a new routine of regular practice, then it makes sense to get your instrument into the best possible condition before you start! There are few things more frustrating (and demotivating!) than diving into a […]

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September 14, 2018
First Finger Fitness

Give your 1st finger a proper exercise session with this first-finger-focused exercise based on quaver and dotted quaver rhythms!

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September 13, 2018
Happy New (Academic) Year!

September is always an exciting time here in London (the home of ViolinSchool). Yes, there's a tinge of sadness that Summer is fading away... but as the nights here begin ever earlier, there's a buzz in the air... it's a time for new things, a time for action, and a time to work hard and […]

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August 20, 2018
Double Stopping in Sixths - Exercises

These exercises are brilliant for practising double-stopped sixths! Use them for intonation work, and to develop a really solid left hand technique!

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August 18, 2018
Left Hand Fingers - Dexterity and Stamina

Is this the ultimate workout for advanced players? If your left hand can survive this, it can survive anything! To prevent cramps, keep your left thumb relaxed...

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